Friday, March 23, 2007

Sneak Preview! Swim

Usually, my sneak previews are small and low resolution (gotta maintain the mystery, after all), but this time, it's a little bigger because I want you to see it better.

I think the koi are doing something weird in this painting. Maybe it's just me and an allergy-induced hallucination. I've been sneezing up a storm and I'm sure I've lost a few brain cells in the process. The yerba mate tea I've been drinking all day is helping keep my wits about me, though. That or I'm just a wired twit right now.

Anyway, this is the first time I'm using iridescent turquoise and iridescent white; always hard to photograph. Those darn mica flakes, all glittery and stuff.

This is also the first time I'm using a paint that has a Caution Label on it. Normally, I only use non-toxic colors since I finger paint my work, but due to an error in product description from my art materials supplier, I ordered cobalt blue thinking it'd be okay. It wasn't and my supplier was gracious enough to give me a refund without requesting the two paint sticks back (it also wasn't cost efficient).

Now, you know me. I tinker with things that are left around me. I didn't know what to do with the two paint sticks--I couldn't just toss them; I thought about selling them or giving them to the local art store. It was suggested that I donate them to a school but um, the reason I didn't want to use them was because they're toxic!

I love blue. It's obvious. I love cobalt blue. So I've decided I'm going to use these paint sticks up and that's it. I wash my hands vigorously when I'm done (using latex gloves makes finger painting impossible--the friction is all wrong) and if any of you are working with toxic materials, please, PLEASE be careful. At a recent workshop I went to, the instructor told us about his friend who started to experience headaches and with a little detective work, found the root cause to be his friend using his palette knife to cut his bread.

Okay, duh. But it happens to the best of us, so please be aware of hazardous materials and your body, as well as the environment. Right, end of lecture!

The cobalt blue ended up being more purple to me than anything. Although it might be a trick of the light because now as I look at it, it looks like it's supposed to.

I probably should put the painting away to dry. The drying oil in the paint sticks isn't supposed to bother people, but it bothers me and I'm congested and wacky enough already without adding inhale-able side effects of art.

Take care,

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